November 13, 2017
Sun Exposure | Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
If you are considering laser tattoo removal or IPL or any sort of light therapy treatments, you ideally must have zero sun exposure up to 4 weeks prior to and after the treatment. The light energy from the laser or IPL is attracted to pigment, that means tattoo ink, hair follicles, skin pigment (freckles, birthmarks, vascular lesions…) and of course melanin which is produced in the skin after sun exposure (tan).
Hyperpigmentation | Laser Tattoo Removal
Even if you don’t tan, Sun exposure will cause the melanocytes or pigment producing cells in the skin will still produce melanin (tan) and will then absorb any light energy from laser or IPL. When you then have your laser tattoo removal session, the pigment cells then go into “hyper” mode and produce excess pigment or melanin. This results in hyperpigmentation or a dark tanned area … much like a birth mark. The excess pigmentation does fade over 9-12 months, but it can look unusual.
Laser burn | Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Worse still, Laser tattoo removal on tanned skin can absorb so much of the Laser or IPL light energy, which can result in over heating and burns. Once this happens, the possibility of subsequent scarring is very real. The same applies to Sunbed tans …. the pigment cells in the skin are similarly excited and will go into hyper mode with laser or light therapies
Sunbed Tan | Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
The same applies to Sunbed tans …. the pigment cells in the skin are similarly excited with the sunbed UV exposure and will go into hyper mode with laser or light therapies….hyperpigmentation again!
Fake Tan | Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Laser tattoo removal and fake tans……Same applies. The laser light is attracted to darker colour or the pigment in the fake tan. So again the some dire outcomes can result.
Sunscreen | Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
The good news is, you can still enjoy the sun and summertime play. Just apply 30+ sunscreen on the tattoo treated area. Make sure you reapply every 90 mins to protect the skin. Or you can of course cover up.
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